Fantasy Football Week 7: NY Giants vs. Cowboys Monday Night Football Preview
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As all the promos for tonight’s game say, it is "A classic battle of NFC rivals."
In reality, this is a battle of one team finding itself and the other swirling down the toilet.
If you are a Tony Romo owner, you have reason to worry—that Cowboy line gives a new meaning to “ole” blocking, while the Giants have rediscovered their ability to rush the passer.
The Giants are allowing the fourth fewest points to opposing QBs; obviously, if the QB isn't getting points then the WRs aren't getting points, so Roy Williams and Miles Austin are also in the "bust" crosshairs. Well, at least Felix Jones has the opportunity to go off...WRONG, the Giants are allowing the seventh fewest points to running backs.
That being said, this is the week where the unimaginable happened: Kenny Britt going for 200-plus and three TDs after sitting out the first quarter; a "70 percent chance of PLAYING" Darren McFadden going for nearly 200 total yards and three touchdowns; and finally, Cleveland blasting the Super Bowl champs.
This year, nothing of it makes sense. I mean, had I told you before the season that in Week 7 the Cowboys would have to win to avoid having the same record as the Lions and Panthers, you'd have me watching the People's Court with Rain Man.
Still, if you own Tony Romo you are starting him (he doesn't win in real life, but he puts up fantasy points) and you aren't sitting Miles Austin either.
Last year, the Giants fell apart at the end of the year and didn't look much better at the beginning of this year. But in Week 3 their defense fed on the magic elixir known as Jay Cutler/Todd Collins/Bears offensive line, and like Stella, they got their groove back.
Hakeem Nicks, the ultimate home run vs. strike out WR this year is listed as questionable, but says he his definitely going to play. When he is good, he's good (20-plus points per game in his three biggest games). When he's bad, he's bad (four-plus points per game in his three bad games, including a zero). He is basically the WR equivalent of Matt Forte.
Similarly, you never know which Eli is going to show up.
The Cowboys have faced a brutal schedule (.571 winning percentage), while the Giants (.492 winning percentage) have faced a couple of cream puffs, so trying to judge their relative merits is difficult. This all boils down to two teams with solid statistical resumes, but one is winning and one isn’t.
If the Cowboys have any life, they come out huge and get a win. Unfortunately, I’m not sure they have any fight left in them because everyone’s been saying the same thing for a couple weeks.
This game is loaded with fantasy players and I think all of them have solid games, so start them all without worry.
Written by Chris Summers exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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